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UPDATE: Man transported to burn center after two-alarm fire

Updated: Sunday, March 9 2014, 04:42 PM CDT
UPDATE: 5:43 A.M.

We called the Lehigh Valley Burn Center overnight to check in on Long's condition.

Officials tell us he is in critical condition.

Reported by Kyle Rogers:

LEBANON -- A Lebanon man is recovering at a burn center after his Church Street home went up in flames Thursday night.

Officials said Harry Long lived in the home by himself when just before 6:30p.m. the second story of his home caught fire and originated in a trash can.

Firefighters from Lebanon City and Cleona responded to the blaze braving cold temperatures and close quarters along the narrow street.

Kendra Perini was driving home from work when she saw the smoke and called 911. She arrived to the home before firefighters and discovered the man trying to go into the burning building to save his cats.

"He wouldn't leave the back porch and the next thing I know there was a huge fire cracker, gun-shot sound and I was like we're out of here."

As firefighters knocked out the blaze, Perini was standing along the corner of 12th and Church Streets holding two kittens firefighters saved. A nearby Humane Society officer had planned to keep the kittens safe for the night.

Officials said two cats died in the fire, four others were not immediately found.

Duane Trautman, the responding fire commissioner, said Long was rushed to Hershey Medical Center and was flown to Lehigh Valley for burn injuries.

The cause of the fire in the trash can was not clear to investigators Thursday night. UPDATE: Man transported to burn center after two-alarm fire

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